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Extension welcomes new employees

Caitlin Miller joined the Prince Edward Extension Office on September 25 as the new Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. This position will focus on continuing to establish and build a thriving local food system. Caitlin received her bachelors from Virginia Tech in crop and soil environmental science with a minor in civic agriculture and food systems. During her time at Virginia Tech, she participated in two study abroad programs in Honduras. With her diversified work experience she has an understanding of how a flourishing local food system can enrich a community and is looking forward to building support and lasting partnerships among the producers, residents, businesses, and institutions of Prince Edward County and the surrounding regions. Caitlin can be reached at 434-392-4246 or cgracem@vt.edu.

Laura Siegle joined the Amelia County staff on September 10 as the Extension Agent in agriculture and natural resources. She earned two bachelors degrees from Virginia Tech — one in animal and poultry sciences and the other in dairy science.  She also earned her masters in career and technical education-agricultural education from Virginia Tech. Her education is matched by the time spent managing and working on farms. Throughout her time in school, she worked with cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and hay crops and assisted with numerous 4-H events. Prior to joining Virginia Cooperative Extension, she was working as an agricultural technician at Southern Piedmont AREC. She can be reached at  804-561-2481 or laurab08@vt.edu.

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Civic Agriculture and Food Systems minor seeing growth

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences newest minor is seeing tremendous growth. The civic agriculture and food systems minor started in 2010 and recently graduated its first class of eight students. The minor that teaches sustainable agriculture now has 44 students from around the university enrolled in the program.

See complete story on VT News: New programs and opportunities in the upcoming academic year

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Inaugural Appalachian Food and Agriculture Summit scheduled for March 23-25

Students from schools throughout the Appalachian region and community members are invited to the inaugural Appalachian Food and Agriculture Summit 2012: Common Roots, Common Goals.

The student-coordinated summit, to take place at Hillcrest Dining Hall at Virginia Tech, will showcase the benefits of understanding community food systems. The engaging weekend will provide opportunities for education, engaging conversations, and hands-on experience through workshops, farm tours, poster sessions and keynotes. An opening community meal will be served at the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. The workshops will be held in Hutcheson and Smyth halls, and students will visit farms on Saturday afternoon.

Students involved with the Sustainable Food Corps, as well as the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor at Virginia Tech, are coordinating this event.

The registration cost is $30, which includes meals and farm tours. Those who need housing will have a slightly higher registration cost.

To register visit www.afas2012.com. For more information email afasummit@gmail.com.


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